Magic Johnson paid tribute to Kobe Bryant with both of his jersey numbers. Here is the meaning behind each one.

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  • Kobe Bryant is the only player in NBA history to have two numbers retired by the same team.
  • He retired in 2016 and his Los Angeles Lakers jerseys were sent into the rafters at Staples Center in December 2017 during the halftime ceremony of a Lakers-Warriors game.
  • Bryant wore No. 8 for the first half of his career and switched to 24 ahead of the 2006-2007 season.
  • As No. 8, Bryant described trying to prove himself, while the second half of his career, as No. 24, was marked by “growth,” he told ESPN.
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Kobe Bryant is the only player in NBA history to have two numbers — No. 8 and No. 24 — retired on his behalf by the same team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 41-year-old, widely believed to be one of the greatest basketball players the sport has ever seen, died on Sunday in a helicopter accident in California. His 13-year-old daughter Giana was also among the nine people who lost their lives when the Sikorsky S-76 crashed in the Calabasas hills and exploded into flames, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. 

An 18-time NBA All-Star, Bryant spent his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, winning five NBA championships and cementing his place as the third-leading scorer in NBA history. He retired in 2016 and his jerseys were sent into the rafters at Staples Center in December 2017 during the halftime ceremony of a Lakers-Warriors game. Within h

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